Field Of Around 1,760 Set For WSOP Main Event Day 3

Just over 1,700 entrants still remain in the 2012 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event after the conclusion of the second day which, like the first, was staggered to accommodate the 6,598 people who entered.  The tournament is set to reward its winner with just over $8.5 million, with the top seven finishers all receiving a prize of more than a million dollars.  A total of 666 players will earn a prize, so the bubble will still be quite a way away when play resumes later today.

Heading the field into Day 3, when the entire field is finally merged, is Gaelle Baumann; the Frenchwoman’s total of 505,800 chips being the only one to breach the half million mark.  Several players managed to bag more than 400,000 chips, of whom the most notable is probably Shaun Deeb, who finished with 460,000.

Given the numbers still remaining, it is unsurprising that plenty of quality players remain in contention for this tournament.  Vanessa Selbst, Jason Somerville, Eugene Katchalov, Gavin Smith, Daniel Negreanu, Mike McDonald, Maria Ho, Ali Eslami, Brian Hastings, Shawn Buchanan, ex-footballer Teddy Sheringham, Faraz Jaka, Dan Harrington, Andrew Lichtenberger, Mel Judah, Cary Katz and Erik Cajelais all took through above average stacks from the combined Day 2A/B, a feat matched on Day 2C by Sam Holden and Eoghan O’Dea – both final tablers from last year – as well as Jake Cody, Joseph Cheong, Ben Lamb, Ari Engel, Marvin Rettenmeier, Daniel Idema, Phil Galfond, Nick Schulman, Marcel Luske, former cricketer Shane Warne and Freddy Deeb.  Short-stacked but surviving players include Liv Boeree, Eugene Du Plessis, Barny Boatman, David “ODB” Baker, Huck Seed, Tom Dwan, Erick Lindgren, JC Tran, Barry Greenstein, JP Kelly, Chris Moorman, Jason Mercier, Sorel Mizzi and Bryn Kenney.

There were plenty of big names hitting the rail throughout the second days as well.  Bryan Devonshire, Mike Sexton, Erik Seidel, Brian Rast, Isaac Haxton, Jeff Lisandro, Mike Matusow, Martin Staszko and Scott Seiver all failed to survive on Tuesday, while Wednesday’s play claimed Ted Forrest, Jennifer Tilly, Matt Savage, David Sands, Jennifer Harman, Mike Mizrachi and Phil Ivey.  Late on Wednesday there was a flurry of big name bust-outs, as Doyle Brunson, Gus Hansen, Matt Affleck and Viktor Blom also bade farewell to their chances of winning the event.

There were mixed fortunes for former winners of the tournament, with Jamie Gold, Joe Cada and Tom McEvoy departing, while Pius Heinz, Peter Eastgate, Jerry Yang, Robert Varkonyi and Dan Harrington all manged to stay alive.

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